Area and Things to Do

While our wide seven mile stretch of sandy beach is understandably a major attraction for the many of our visitors, there are many things to see and do in the immediate vicinity of Old Orchard Beach.

Parks & Nature Preserves

Ferry Beach State Park

117 acres of beach and nature trails. Off Route 9 in Saco. 283-0067.

Gilsland Farm

Maine Audubon Sanctuary offering trails, field trips and a gift shop. North of Portland in Falmouth off Route 1. 781-2330.

Portland Headlight & Museum

Maine’s oldest lighthouse. Commissioned by George Washington in 1791. Adjacent to Fort Williams Park. Large grounds with picnic facilities and museum on the premises. 1000 Shore Rd. (off Rt. 77) Cape Elizabeth. 799-2661.

Rachel Carson Wildlife Refuge

Open sunrise to sunset for bird watching and self-guided tours. Rt. 1 to Wells, East on Rt. 9. 646-1555.

Scarborough Marsh Nature Center

Maine’s largest salt marsh is best explored by canoe. Abundant and unexpected wildlife sightings. Nature center offers slide shows, exhibits. Rt. 9, Scarborough. 883-5100.

Two Lights State Park

Two lighthouses are perched atop the rocky shoreline. Off Rt. 77 in Cape Elizabeth.

Wells Reserve at Laudholm Farm

1600 scenic acres of research reserve including a 19th century saltwater farm, Rachel Carson Wildlife Refuge area, Laudholm Farm Visitors Center, exhibits, and seven miles of trails along marshes, fields, and wetlands. Open year round. 342 Laudholm Farm Road, Wells. 646-1555.

Arts & Museums

Children's Museum of Maine

Expanded exhibits. Toddler Park, Cave & Farm, Interactive Science Exhibits, Space Shuttle, Camera Obscure a, Theater. Fun for all ages. 142 Free Street, Portland. 828-1234.

City Theater

Theatrical productions. 205 Main Street, Biddeford. 282-0849.

Maine Maritime Museum

Historic shipyard site and maritime history building on Kennebec River. 243 Washington St., Bath. 443-1316.

Old Orchard Beach Historical Society

Features historical memorabilia on the Old Orchard Beach area since the 17th Century. Portland Ave., Old Orchard Beach. 934-9319. Portland Museum of Art 7 Congress Sq., Portland,

Portland Symphony Orchestra

Concerts year round. Special events. 30 Myrtle St., Portland. 773-8191.

Southworth Planetarium

Shows for children and adults including laser concerts. Off I-295 Forest Ave. North to 96 Falmouth St., University of Southern Maine’s Science Building. 780-4249.

Victoria Mansion

One of America’s most significant Victorian homes. All interiors are original and quite spectacular. 109 Danforth St., Portland. 772-4841.

Wadsworth-Longfellow House

Boyhood home of the famed 19th Century poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Seasonal. 485 Congress St., Portland. 774-1822.

Willowbrook at New field

Restored 19th Century Village with 36 buildings and 11,000 artifacts including 1894 carousel. Off Rt. 11 on Main St., Newfield. 793-2784.

York Institute Museum

Paintings, decorative art, tools, period furniture, etc. from 18th century to present. 371 Main St., Saco. 282-3031.


The Maine Mall

Over 100 stores including restaurants, theaters and more. 364 Maine Mall Road, So. Portland. 774-0303.

The Old Port

Portland’s Historic District offering over 158 shops, 65 restaurants, 28 galleries, and numerous pubs. 400 Congress St., Portland. 772-6828.

L.L. Bean

World famous and open 24 hours 365 days per year 40 minutes north in Freeport. Freeport also offers over 100 outlet stores. 865-1212. View web site.

Kittery Outlets

Just 45 minutes south of Old Orchard Beach offers over 120 outlets and the Kittery Trading Post with savings of 20-70% daily. This shopping mecca is often referred to as America’s Maine Street for Outlet Shopping. Kittery. 1-888-KITTERY. View Web Site.

Saco Valley Shopping Center

12 stores, 2 banks and a restaurant. Free parking. Just off Route 1, Saco.

Golf Courses

Biddeford & Saco Country Club

18 holes, 6300 yd. Par 70, 101 Old Orchard Rd., Saco. 282-5883.

Dunegrass Golf Club

18 holes, 6508 yd., par 71, Wild Dunes Way (off Ross Rd.) Old Orchard Beach. 800-521-1029. View Web Site.

Old Orchard Beach Country Club

9 holes, 3000 yd., par 35, Wild Dunes Way (off Ross Rd.) Old Orchard Beach. 800-521-1029.

Willowdale Golf Club

18 Holes, 5980 yd., Par 70, off Rt. 1, Scarborough. 883-9351.

Area Sight Seeing

Mainely Tours

Daily excursions to Portland! Enjoy a fully narrated city tour (with a stop at The Lighthouse!), a 90 minute harbor cruise, plus shopping in the Old Port. 774-0808.

Ocean Recreation, Whale Watches & Boat Cruises

Casco Bay Lines

Year-round narrated cruises on Casco Bay. Daily ferry sevice to 5 Casco Bay Islands. From Casco Bay Ferry Terminal at Commercial and Franklin Streets, Portland. 774-7871, Fax: 774-7875.

First Chance Whale Watches

4 Western Ave (at bridge), Kennebunk, ME 04043. 967-5507. Visit Web Site.

Cape Arundel Cruises

Scenic cruises, deep-sea fishing, and whale watching. Kennebunkport. 967-5595.

Saco Bay Sailing

Recreational and sailing excursions in Camp Ellis. 14 Beach Avenue, Saco, ME 04072. 283-1624

Second Chance Scenic Lobster Cruise

4 Western Ave (at bridge), Kennebunk, ME 04043. 967-5507. Visit Web Site.

Scotia Prince

Cruise to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. Cabins, entertainment, casino. 1-800-341-7540.P Shy-Ann Deep Sea Fishing 28 Snow Road, Scarborough. 883-4691. Visit Web Site.

Trina Lyn Fishing Charter

Private custom fishing for up to 4 people leaving from Camp Ellis by reservation. 1998-22′ custom built center console. P.O. Box 431, Camp Ellis, Saco 284-2352/cell phone 283-2352. Visit Web Site.

Amusement Parks & Attractions

Funtown/Splashtown U.S.A.

The home of Excalibur, Maine’s only wooden roller coaster ranked one of the top ten in the world. Family amusement and water park was voted one of the cleanest parks in America and offers many rides, slides, pools, giftshops, games, arcades and eating facilities. Open weekends May and Sept. Daily starting early June. FREE PARKING. Ride pass, slide pass or combination pass, group rates. Route 1, Saco, Maine (207) 284-5139. Visit Web Site.

Palace Playland

Maine’s premier beachfront amusement park. Giant arcade, Kiddieland. Maine’s largest waterslide.Gondola Ferris Wheel and Galaxy Coaster. Open Memorial Day to Labor Day. Fireworks every Thursday night by the Pier, Old Orchard Beach. 934-2001. Visit Web Site.

Village Park

Games of skill, arcade, kiddie rides and much more. At the entrance to the Pier. 934-7666.

Aquaboggan Park

Waterslides, bumper boats, gigantic wave pool, mini golf and more! Route 1, Saco. 282-3112.

Sporting Events

Beech Ridge Motor Speedway

Auto racing every Saturday night. Holmes Road, Scarborough. 883-5227.

Portland Pirates Hockey

AHL affiliate of NHL Washington Capitals. 1994 Calder Cup Champions. Play in Cumberland County Civic Center. Regular Season: October to early April. 838-4665.

Portland Sea Dogs Baseball

AA Farm Team for the Boston Red Sox. Home games held at Hadlock Field, Portland, from April through September. 874-9300.

Scarborough Downs

Seasonal harness racing, Rt. 1, Scarborough. 883-4331.

Other Area Recreation

Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad 58 Fore St., Portland. 828-0814.

Seashore Trolley Museum

Largest collection of trolley cars in the United States. Workshop, shows on premises, countryside trolley rides for visitors. Off Rt. 1, Log Cabin Rd., Kennebunkport. 967-2800.

Smiling Hill Farm

X-C skiing in winter. They make their own ice cream. 775-4818.

Vacationland Bowling Center

Rt 1, Saco. 284-7386.

Driving Ranges & Mini Golf Courses

Cascade Golf Range

Golf driving range and mini golf. Your swing on video tape to improve your game. 5 minutes to the beach at 955 Portland Rd., US Route 1, Saco, 282-3524.

Dunegrass Country Club Driving Range

Full practice hole, lessons available, Wild Dunes Way (off Ross Rd.) Old Orchard Beach. 800-521-1029 or 934-4513.

Pirates Cove Adventure Golf

36 holes of championship mini golf within an easy walk of Town Square and the beach. 70 First St., Old Orchard Beach, 934-5086.

Westerly Winds

Golf driving range, mini golf, batting cages. 853 Cumberland St., Westbrook. 854-5139.


The Temple

Temple Ave., Ocean Park. 934-5034.

Cines 8

5 Points Shopping Center, Rt. 111, Biddeford. 282-5995.

Clark's Pond Cinemas

Maine Mall Area, S. Portland. 897-1511.

Maine Mall Cinema

Maine Mall Rd., S. Portland, 774-1022.

Micro Breweries

D.L. Geary Brewing Co., Inc

38 Evergreen Drive, Portland. 878-2337.

Shipyard Brewing Co., Inc

86 Newbury St., Portland. 761-0807

Stone Coast Brewing Co

74 York St., Gorhams Corner, Portland. 733-BEER

Kid’s Stuff

Children's Theater of Maine

Live theater for adults and children. 765 Main St., Westbrook. 874-0371.

Portland Public Library

Story telling and entertainment for children. 5 Monument Sq., Portland. 871-1707.


United Methodist

Washington & Fountain Aves., Old Orchard. 934-5553.

Salvation Army Citadel

Church St., Old Orchard. 934-4381.

Blue Point Congregational Church

Pine Point Road, Scarborough. 883-6540.

Congregation Beth Isreal

East Grand Ave., Old Orchard. 934-2973.

St. Margaret's Catholic Chapel

Pine Point Road, Scarborough. 883-0334.

St. Jude Catholic Chapel

Pine Point Road, Scarborough. 883-0334.

St. Luke's Catholic Chapel

Saco Ave., Old Orchard. 934-2322.

The Temple

Temple Ave., Ocean Park. 934-5034.